Formerly available only in a few materials, mostly solid color vinyl, outdoor fabric has developed into a category with choices from a wide variety of colors, styles, and prints. Fabrics are designed with an array of solid and textured colors and woven synthetic fibers with the look of satin and patterns and prints of wide variety. In addition, companies like Link Design Solutions not only offer outdoor patio furniture fabric but also offer the completed furniture to meet individual customer wishes.
Made to withstand the rigors of outdoor life, these fabrics are durable and resistant to water, mold, dirt and mildew. However, with the exception of high-end woven acrylics, most fabrics have a slightly stiff feel.
For outdoor use, vinyl fabric must have a proper expanded backing for outdoor use. Textured vinyl fabrics can even have the feel and touch of leather and the look of animal skins. Marine grade vinyl is resistant to salt water, freezing, stains, mildew, fungus, and fading. Besides as boat upholstery, its uses include automotive and indoor applications.
Acrylic and Polyester
The most decorative choice for an outdoor fabric is also the most affordable. Woven, yarn dyed acrylic or polyester fabrics come in a variety of colors and patterns. In addition to their durability and resilience, they resist wrinkling, shrinking, fading, and mildew. Not surprisingly, they are the choice of designers and manufacturers as base cloths for printed patterns.
Polyester or acrylic base cloths are screen printed with dyes that are resistant to fading and outdoor elements. In addition, manufactures include factory-applied water repellent. Printed acrylic outdoor fabric is UV resistant and should last for several years without noticeable fading, polyester prints are not quite as resistant but can provide more than adequate service with proper care.
Solution Dyed Acrylic
Most woven synthetic fabrics begin as a colorless fiber surface dyed after formation. With solution-dyed acrylic, addition of the pigment to the liquid acrylic solution before fiber formation means the fiber never exists without color. Woven into color permeated yarn, the resulting fabric remains colorfast after sun exposure, normal wear, and abrasion. Even the proper use of bleach for removal of stains and mildew will not affect the color; moreover, the fabric is softer, more comfortable, and more breathable providing a perfect combination for your outdoor patio furniture fabric.
Vinyl Coated Synthetic Fibers
Commonly referred to as “slingable” fabric, this is the only fabric choice for sling type outdoor chair fabric. Because the sling chair must support the weight of the occupant, a strong, non-stretchable fabric is imperative. Without the PVC coating, fabrics of acrylic or polyester fiber will not meet this criteria.
Olefin Outdoor Fabric
Dyed and woven polyolefin fabric maintain strength in wet or dry conditions, perfect for outdoor upholstery, outdoor umbrellas, and cabanas.
Link Design, and other companies, offer a diversity of patterns and colors allowing for many different styles and moods of décor from a classic American country house to an ultra modern Moroccan terrace or anything between. The bright flowers, leaves, paisleys, and geometric shapes applied to solution-dyed acrylic create a striking look for any choice of outdoor patio furniture fabric.
With proper care, these fabrics will give years of service and enjoyment. Just remember, outdoor fabric is water repellent, not waterproof. Spot clean spills, turn cushions regularly, store in winter and use mild soap to clean. Never use bleach on acrylic and polyester printed fabrics.